The third match of the Test series played in Sydney between India and Australia was in the news due to the racial comments made on the players along with the exciting competition. Former India opener Gautam Gambhir expressed his displeasure over this. Gambhir said on Tuesday that in countries like Australia and South Africa, incidents of racist comments on cricketers are rampant and should be stopped.
Such comments were made on the third and fourth day of the match against Indian paceman Mohammad Siraj and Jaspreet Bumrah. The Indian team complained to the on-field umpire following which six spectators were thrown out of the stadium.
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Gambhir said in the ‘Cricket Connected’ TV show, ‘It is very unfortunate and it is something that is not acceptable at all in any sport. Not just cricket, but in any sport, I believe there needs to be a strict law against it.
He added, ‘When it happens to a player, only he feels it. You face such abuses while playing important matches like Boxing Day Test in places like South Africa, Australia.
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Following Siraj’s complaint, Australian captain Tim Paine stood with the Indian players and supported them. Gambhir said, ‘It also depends on how abusive words were used against you. This is not acceptable anywhere, especially the derogatory comments made on your skin color. ‘
The Lok Sabha MP from East Delhi said, ‘This happens quite a lot in places like Australia and South Africa. It needs to be stopped. ‘
After facing controversies, on the fifth day of the match, the Indian team managed to draw it. Gambhir credited it to the 148-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara. He said, ‘It was incredible. This shows the spirit of the team. Rishabh Pant batted brilliantly. Obviously, the way he batted was the need at the time. He supported his way of playing. ‘
Pant missed out on a century by just three runs, but Gambhir praised his bold innings. He said, ‘Yes, people can say that that kind of shot was not needed but they kept playing and kept India in the match. If he had played a little longer, the Indian team could have won this match, which would have been his most historic win.
Praising Pujara, Gambhir said, “You talk about his strike rate but there are fewer batsmen in the cricket world who can take time and sessions out.” Gambhir said that such a draw match is like a ‘big win in Australia’.